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Daniel Sone , Feb 19, 2008; 06:15 p.m.

I've read many of the negative remarks regarding Picture.com's online photo competition. It seems to be filled with a lot of "half truths".

Well, I just received an email saying I have been nominated for the $10,000.00 grand prize for my photo. I have also been invited to attend the Int'l Society of Photographers Convention & Symposium in Las Vegas

I took the liberty of calling the hotel and confirmed that there this very convention being held there on the dates stated on the web-site. Additionally, the "keynote" photographers are real, top-notch photographers.

There is a lot of uncertainty circling Picture.com's competition. I believe I will call one of the photographer's to see if they have been slated or are attending the ISP's Convention


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Daniel Sone , Feb 19, 2008; 06:15 p.m.

Ellis Vener , Feb 19, 2008; 06:57 p.m.

as Spongebob Squarepants says " Well, good luck with that!"

Ronin Weir , Feb 19, 2008; 08:06 p.m.

My McAfee SiteAdvisor software won't let me open this site as it is rated Red.

Bob Atkins , Feb 19, 2008; 08:08 p.m.

Well, given that it's $595 to register for the Convention, plus another $500 for accomodation in the hotel, I'm sure they'll be inviting as many photographers as possible.

They're including a tribute to Elvis as part of the entertainment though, so that must count for something...

I'd ask them just how many images have been nominated for the $10,000 prize. If it's 5, it might be worth attending, if it's 5000 then I wouldn't bother unless you really like Las Vegas and you find the potential speaker list to be fascinating.

Chuck Gordon , Feb 19, 2008; 09:02 p.m.

They are feeding on people?s desire for recognition in my opinion. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.

anonymous one , Feb 19, 2008; 09:11 p.m.

Amen Chuck, the world has too many scams and unfortunately too many people willing to fall for them which perpetuates the cycle...

Daniel Sone , Feb 19, 2008; 09:37 p.m.

I'll be calling the lecturing photographers to verify their attendance. Additionally, I will be calling the ISP itself and find out how many photos have been nominated for the $10K and if my attendance is necessary for getting my prize (should I win)

There is a possibility that ISP could "suddenly" cancel their convention reservations with Riviera, but not before losing a hefty deposit. However, they could just rack up reservation dollars and run with it.

I'm curious, but not curious enough to hop on a plane to Vegas.

Bob Atkins , Feb 19, 2008; 10:21 p.m.

Don't forget that everyone who attends will get an exquisite personalized Outstanding Achievement in Amateur Photography Crystal Award Trophy as well as a Commemorative Award Medallion

Who wouldn't want those.

Michael Harris , Feb 20, 2008; 03:35 a.m.

Lecturing photographers love to get paid just like Rudy Giuliani, he'll lecture anywhere where there's money. He loves saying 9-11. These "big-time" photographers don't add credibility, they'll take International Society of Photographers money which BTW is your money that you paid to go.

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